You did it again! February’s Burger of the Month raises $1160

Does it get much better than not one but TWO guest chef’s and TWO Burgers?!  It was a first for our beloved Burger of the Month Program and it was a hit!

Local guest chef’s Alvin and Helen Peck provided the creative inspiration behind “Two of a Kind”, which included two sliders.  Slider one was topped with a bacon infused beef patty, jack cheese, caramelized onion, basil aioli, greens, tomato and a pickle, while slider two included jerk chicken with cumin aioli, sesame slaw, lettuce and sweet potato chips on naan bread!  $2 from every burger sold in February went directly to the Peck’s charity of choice Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lacombe and District (BBBSLD).

The Peck’s were keen to support youth in our community and they couldn’t think of an organization that does better work with local young people than BBBS.  Alvin Peck points to the impact the programs offered make on kids “The young people are our future and if they have early exposure to community and caring hopefully, they will share that with others as they go through life”.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lacombe and District is currently working with 162 youth through their various mentoring programs like In School Mentoring, Community Based Mentoring, Tutoring Tuesday, Kids and Kops, Go Girls and Game On.  These programs push youth to reach their full potential and help them avoid many risk-taking behaviours; with kids matched with a volunteer staying in school longer, seeing better grades, being more productive, as a result, they are less likely to offend.

The Peck’s were thrilled to turn over a cheque for $1,160 today, dollars BBBSLD will use directly for mentoring programs.  Every $1 invested in mentoring returns $23 in social return to society, with mentored youth seeing long term positive results in life, in community and at work.  BBBSLD recently celebrated two 10-year matches which is a testament to the success of their programs and how they create a long-term impact.

We’re blessed with the BEST guests who get behind our Burger of the Month program month after month, allowing us the opportunity to give back over $60,000 to local charities over the past 37 months!  THANK-YOU!

The March Burger of the Month is the “Date Night”.  It includes grilled chicken, date and apple jam, melted brie, apple slices, cucumber slices, spinach and garlic parmesan aioli on a brioche bun!  It was created in collaboration with local Guest Chef Brenda Sargeant with $2 from every burger sold going directly to her charity of choice Turning Point Society’s Women’s Program

 

 

For more information contact:

 

Crystal Zens

Executive Director

BBBS Lacombe & District

403.782.7870

crystal.zens@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca

 

 

Alvin and Helen Peck

February BOTM Guest Chef’s

403.785.6888

403.588.3087

helen@lacombechamber.ca

 

 

Kim Kay

Community Relations

Cilantro and Chive

403.597.2127

kim@cilantroandchive.ca

 

Another Pop-Up of Ice Cream Sandwich goodness!

There is nothing better than seeing kids jump in, take to task and LOVE every minute of it at our Ice Cream Sandwich Pop-up Sales! Every 3 months we’re at a new school as part of our new Ice Cream Sandwich Program, our latest stop, stop number 3 landed us at Terrace Ridge in Lacombe!

Under the program we kick back full proceeds from the pop-up sale ($4/sandwich) as well as $1 from every ice cream sandwich sold in the restaurant over the 3-month period to the school.

Grade 6 students at Terrace Ridge were ALL IN, helping our team scoop up and serve 173 ice cream sandwiches! Our latest creation is a play on black forest cake; 2 maraschino cherry cookies with Dutch chocolate ice cream and sprinkles!

Terrace Ridge will be using the proceeds from the ice cream sandwich sales to help replace and supplement Physical Education Supplies and Resources. Schools do receive funding for basic gym supplies like dodge balls, volleyballs, basketballs, nets, hula hoops, bean bags, badminton rackets and more but maintaining those items each year is costly. The school needs to ensure they always have enough equipment for 30-50 students to participate at a time and with over 400 students at the school that equipment is well used! School Principal Deborah Van Delden says they are also eager to expose students to as many new and exciting opportunities as possible and they currently have a wish list of Physical Education supplies they would LOVE to purchase. That list includes indoor floor curling, don’t walk in the hallway decals, Gaga Ball, and 9 square in the air.

A BIG thank-you to the amazing group of Grade 6 students who worked alongside our team, and to all parents who helped their kids purchase an ice cream sandwich treat at school!
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For more information contact:

Kim Kay

Community Relations

Cilantro and Chive

403.597.2127

kim@cilantroandchive.ca

 

Deborah Van Delden

Principal

Terrace Ridge School

403.782.0050 ext 4190

deborah.vandelden@wolfcreek.ab.ca

 

Could you be our next Sous Chef?

Do you want to work with some of the best in the business, while creating, exploring, coaching and growing our team… and you?

Cilantro and Chive is NOW HIRING one AWESOME Sous Chef!

 

Starting as a catering company, to a 60 seat restaurant in Ponoka, we are independently owned and operated now in historic downtown Lacombe. Over the past 4 years here in Lacombe we have grown exponentially, with a menu focused on locally sourced food, over 200+ Craft Beers, epic food, and engaging & friendly customer service. We haven’t stopped growing, evolving and looking to build for the future.

But building community is what we do best – through collaborative relationships with other like-minded businesses and local suppliers.

We have a strong report with the Cook Apprentice program at RDC – with 8 current students and recent graduates.

Our menu changes with the seasons (4 times a year) to keep a fresh, creative and unique approach to comfort food.

Our Burger of the Month program that was initiated in February of 2017 has now raised over $55,000 for local community groups and organizations in need.

We work with and engage in local school produce programs, school box lunches, ice cream sandwich pop-ups, kitchen pop-ups at local Alberta breweries, while working with local producers, farmers and more!

 

• Full time salaried position

• 44+/- hour work week averaging five 9 hours days, and 2 days off each week

• Consistent weekend and evening availability, with flexible scheduling

• Direct development of our menu that changes 4 times a year with the seasons, meeting required developmental timelines set by the General Manager & Ownership

• Ongoing positive working relationships with our current suppliers, and building relationships with future local suppliers

• Understanding and efficiency using 7 Shifts online scheduling system

• Engaging in our Burger of the Month campaign: helping meet local Guest Chefs, designing creative burgers, developing recipes, procedures and implementation

• Weekly food inventory

• Creating and costing features with the support of our culinary team on an ongoing basis

• Implementing and impacting catering functions, collaborative pop-ups, fundraisers and off-site events with direct engagement with General Manager and Ownership

• Attend weekly management meetings

• Promoting a positive, engaging, clean and safe work environment for all team members and guests. Free from harassment and abuse.

• Previous full service/restaurant or bar experience minimum 3 years required

• Previous Sous Chef/Chef management experience required

• Culinary education and certificates an asset (Food Safe, WHMIS, First Aid, Pro-Serve)

 

* Only qualified candidates will be contacted

 

If you’re tired of being put into a box, send your resume and let us know about you in an email to jason@cilantroandchive.ca or stop by 5021 50th Street in the heart of historic downtown Lacombe!

We want to continue to push the boundaries of conventional restaurants, and grow.

And we’d like YOU to be a part of your journey!

Helping to Feed Kids – One Ice Cream Sandwich at a Time!

We are having SO MUCH FUN popping up at local schools and giving back through our new Ice Cream Sandwich Program!  Today it was time to turn over the funds raised from our latest ice cream sandwich creation and stop number two at Ècole James S. McCormick School in Lacombe. 

Back in mid-December a group of Grade 3 JS student leaders helped us scoop up roughly 150 ice cream sandwiches (two in-house baked root beer float cookies and salted caramel ice-cream) to serve to their peers, all in support of the school’s new breakfast program.  We’re thrilled to be kicking back the entire proceeds of that pop-up sale, as well as $1 from every ice cream sandwich sold in the restaurant between December and February.  

 

Drum roll please……that same group of Grade 3 students were on hand today to receive a cheque for $947!

This is the first year JS McCormick has had a formal breakfast program up and running.  It started off feeding 8-10 kids every school morning and has quickly grown to see over 60 children popping in to curb hunger pains, getting them ready to learn.  Assistant Principal Craig Fullarton says “many students come to school hungry simply because their morning was too busy to eat. We have students who ride the bus for an hour so although they might have eaten before they left, they may still arrive to school hungry. Our program targets anyone who needs something in their belly because realistically, if they are hungry, learning is not going to be a priority for them that day”.

We all know food is expensive and the program is relying heavily on donations to purchase the cereal, yogurt, fruit, bread, butter and jam, and cheese, currently on offer every morning. 

A BIG thank-you to the amazing group of Grade 3 students who worked alongside our team, to all parents who helped their kids purchase an ice cream sandwich treat at school and to everyone who made the trip into the restaurant to help support this program.

We’re on the road again one week from today, this time scooping at Terrace Ridge School, see you there!

 

For more information contact:

 

Kim Kay

Community Relations

Cilantro and Chive

403.597.2127

kim@cilantroandchive.ca 

 

Craig Fullarton

Assistant Principal 

Ècole James S. McCormick School

403.782.3096

craig.fullarton@wolfcreek.ab.ca

Raising Money for Terrace Ridge School!

A *new* ICE CREAM SANDWICH?

HECKYEAH!

Starting Sunday MARCH 1st, we’ve got a brand new version of our popular dessert!

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$1 from every Ice Cream Sandwich sold goes towards Terrace Ridge School (Lacombe) which is using the proceeds towards replacing and supplementing Physical Education supplies and resources at the school!

This tasty dessert has 2 in-house made Maraschino Cherry Cookies, Dutch Chocolate Ice Cream, Whipped Cream and a Maraschino Cherry on top of course!

“DATE NIGHT” Burger of the Month for March!

BEHOLD our Burger of the Month for March!

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Grilled Chicken, Date + Apple Jam, Melted Brie, Apple Slices, Cucumber Slices, Spinach and Garlic Parmesan Aioli on a Brioche Bun!

Created in collaboration with local Guest Chef Brenda Sargeant – $2 from every Burger sold going directly to the Turning Point Society of Central Alberta ♥️

 

Now in our third year of our Burger of the Month program – this never gets old.

With over $55,000 given back to our community, because of YOUR amazing support – we are able to support yet another important local organization.

Hits us RIGHT in the feels!

 

Can’t wait to get started on another delicious month of giving back! ?
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#LoveOurCommunity
#BurgerOfTheMonth
#CilantroAndChive

January Burger of the Month Gives Back

The coffee and donut jokes come along with the uniform, but our January Guest Chef Lacombe Police Constable Josh Smith was all for cranking those jokes up for a great cause – the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre (CACAC).

Constable Smith helped create “The Blue Line” burger, an Alberta beef patty, smoked cheddar, aged cheddar, 2 strips of bacon, Irving’s Farm Fresh back bacon, coffee BBQ sauce, leaf lettuce, onion ring, all on a glazed donut bun.  $2 from every burger sold went directly to his charity of choice the CACAC.

It’s a cause that tugs at heart strings.  The Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre works to support, protect and advocate for children affected by abuse, whether that be emotional, sexual, or physical, neglect or endangerment.  In just over 2 years this not for profit organization has supported over 840 children from 74 central Alberta communities, 25 from Lacombe alone.  CACAC also provides educational services to help people identify and report abuse in our community and school systems, and give courage to help others stand up and advocate for victims.

Thanks to the INCREDIBLE support of our Burger of the Month program, Constable Smith handed over a cheque for $1,271!

We’re blessed with the BEST guests who get behind our Burger of the Month program month after month, allowing us the opportunity to give back over $60,000 to local charities over the past 36 months!  THANK-YOU!

February’s Burger of the Month is “Two of a Kind”, created in collaboration with local guest chef’s Helen and Alvin Peck.  It includes two sliders, slider one is topped with a bacon infused beef patty, jack cheese, caramelized onion, basil aioli, greens, tomato and a pickle, while slider two includes jerk chicken with cumin aioli, sesame slaw, lettuce and sweet potato chips on naan bread! $2 from every burger sold will go directly towards the Peck’s charity of choice, Lacombe and District Big Brothers Big Sisters.

 

For more information contact:

 

Alyssa Truant

Communications & Community Awareness Coordinator

CACAC

587.272.2233

atruant@centralalbertacac.ca

 

Constable Josh Smith

Lacombe Police Service

January BOTM Guest Chef

403.782.3279 ext127

JSmith@lacombe.ca

 

Kim Kay

Community Relations

Cilantro and Chive

403.597.2127

kim@cilantroandchive.ca

 

 

 

THANK YOU!!

Over $65,000 back to local charities in 3 years!

All because of one special Kindergarten class, and one very special teacher, that began our Burger of the Month program on February 1st 2017
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THANK YOU to all of our amazing guests and our friends and business partners in the community who have helped / and continue to contribute!

This day is really important to us, and brings back a lot of memories, not just of the money raised – but all of the people we’ve met in this incredible journey.

We couldn’t be more humbled to be able to do what we do – and honoured to continue to do fun initiatives to give back to our community and spread kindness – one delicious Burger at a time! ?

BEST GUESTS AROUND, HANDS DOWN!! ?

 

February 1st, 2017 – the start of our Burger of the Month program!

Are you ready for the story of our Burger of the Month?
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Feel good THROWBACK to February 1st – 2017
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Just over 3 years ago, Rieley was invited to read to Mrs. Mac’s Kinders Kindergarten class at Father Lacombe Catholic School. The story that was chosen? Hamburger Heaven ?

The story of Pinky the Pig. Working at a restaurant called Hamburger Heaven. But the customers are growing tired of the same old menu – cheeseburgers – and Pinky might soon lose her job due to a drop in sales. So she *springs* into action, devising a menu in which all the customers can choose any tasty topping for their cheeseburgers!

Mrs. MacIntosh (being awesome as teacher’s are) allowed her students to create their “own” Burgers and gave that compilation to us in a fun illustrated book called “Our Dream Hamburgers”.

But little did they know, Rieley came back to the class a week later and announced ? that we would make our own “Dream Burger” based on the kid’s own drawings! ?

Better yet? They got to choose their own local charity, and the kids chose the Lacombe Food Bank!

Then, it was all up to our amazing community. After a successful month selling our Burger, others from the community stepped in to become local “Guest Chef’s” continuing on the legacy of what that kindergarten kid started. The guest chef choosing their own local charity, and helping collaborate on their Burger of the Month.

The rest now, is history! The single MOST important thing we’ve ever been a part of. Helping us also start other programs – donating $10 to the Lacombe Food Bank with every Lacombe Generals Hockey goal ? and our Ice-Cream Sandwich program that helps give back to different local School initiatives ? as well as other important community driven programs.

Just another reason why teacher’s are so important to our kids and community ❤️ and an incredible example of how much love their is in Central Alberta.

THANK YOU to everyone who’s helped been a part of our Burger of the Month program, and we CAN’T WAIT to see where the next 3 years lead us!
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#BurgerOfTheMonth
#KidsDeserveIt
#CilantroAndChive

January Burger of the Month

“Donut” miss our January Burger of the Month!

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Alberta Beef patty, Smoked Cheddar, Aged Cheddar, 2 strips of Bacon, Irvings Farm Fresh Ltd Back Bacon, Coffee BBQ Sauce, leaf lettuce, and a big Onion Ring all on a GLAZED DONUT!

Created in collaboration with local guest Chef – Officer Josh Smith!

With $2 from every burger sold going directly towards Josh’s charity of choice – the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre ❤️??

Another delicious way to help give back to our local community!